How old does a
student have to be to enter the School to Work Program?
My child is not
intellectually disabled. Can he still participate in the School to Work Program?
How do I sign up
for the School to Work Program?
Does the family
or staff have to transport the student to the program?
Will my child lose his
SSI if he participates in the School to Work Program?
How many days
per week can a student attend the program?
What will the student
do after he graduates?
Can the student attend
BCRC as well as Beaver County Area Vocational
Where does the funding come from for the student to attend the School to
What if Iím not sure if a student
is appropriate for the program?
Do the students attend BCRC during
How old does a student have to be to enter the School to
The student needs to be at least 16 years old to begin the
program and can participate until the age of 21 provided they are still enrolled
in school. A work permit is required for those under the age of 18.
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My child is not
intellectually disabled. Can he still
participate in the School to Work Program?
Yes, BCRCís School to Work Program services students with a
wide variety of diagnosis and educational levels. The program is tailored to
the studentís abilities, needs and interests.
How do I sign up for the School to Work Program?
A parent should contact the studentís school district and let
them know they are interested in the program. Once the service is approved the
parent and student tour the facility and complete intake paperwork.
Does the family or staff have to transport the student
to the program?
No. The studentís school district will provide transportation
to and from BCRC.
Will my child lose his SSI if he participates in the
School to Work Program?
The students do earn money for working on contract in the work
facility or at one of our community enclaves. Since the student typically
attends BCRC only part of the week and is involved with other activities, not
enough is earned to affect SSI. All earnings still need to be reported though.
office should be contacted for
How many days per week can a student attend the program?
The studentís scheduled is determined by the IEP team. A
Program Specialist from BCRC will gladly participate in this process.
Considerations such as the studentís age, intended year of graduation, academic
progress, and other school activities need to be taken into consideration. The
studentís interest and familyís desire are also important. Studentsí schedules vary from one half day to five full days per week.
What will the student do after he graduates?
BCRCís School to Work Program helps the student and family
connect to services that may be useful as an adult including the
Beaver County Behavioral Health
office, formally called the Base Service Unit, and the
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Students can transfer to BCRCís facility based adult program or can work with
department to help find a job in the community. We will also refer the student
to other community services that may be useful.
8. Can the student attend BCRC
as well as
Beaver County Area Vocational Technical School
Yes. Because we offer flexible schedules to fit the studentís
needs, the student can attend BCRC half days opposite their vo-tech schedule.
We will work in collaboration with the programís teacher to help the student
address their needs in the work place as well as
explore the particular field
they are learning about at the vo-tech.
Where does the funding come from
for the student to attend the School to Work Program?
studentís school district pays for the student to attend the
program. Upon graduation funding needs to be secured from other agencies in
order for there to be continuation of services.
What if Iím not sure if a student is appropriate for the program?
form is completed by the studentís teacher that helps us determine, as a
team, if the student would benefit from the program. BCRC also offers
Services that determine the studentís present levels of
academic skills, work skills, and work habits.
Do the students attend BCRC during the
Since the student is funded by the school district,
the School to Work Program follows the schoolís schedule. However, students may
attend BCRC as part of their ESY program or through a program funded by
Job Training for
Beaver County that addresses
summer youth employment. Application needs to be made directly to JTBC and be
approved before beginning this program.